Looking Back On A Successful Weekend For Welsh Sport…  

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist


In Boxing, Olympic gold medallist Lauren Price produced a superb performance, to seal a unanimous points win over German Naomi Mannes in Paris over the weekend.

Price dominated throughout the fight after becoming accustomed to Mannes’ style in the first round. The Welsh boxer used her feet to excellent effect, bouncing in and out of range, picking off her opponent comfortably at times.

Mannes did provide some firepower throughout the fight, but Price had far too much for her opponent, easing through the rounds, winning 80-72 across all three judges cards.


Ice Hockey

It was heartbreak for the Cardiff Devils at the Ice Arena Wales, with Coventry Blaze sealing the victory in overtime, despite the Devils’ best efforts.

Justin Crandell gave the home side the lead, after he deflected in a shot from his teammate, Blake Thompson.

The Blaze soon levelled things up through Tyler Kirkup, as the sides ended the first quarter level.

The two teams shared goals through Josh Waller, who scored for the Devils, before Jack Billings tied the game up once more.

The second quarter ended with a melee between both sides, and both sides were awarded penalties for their roles in the fracas. Trevor Cox put his side ahead but Mitch Cook once again levelled things at 3-3.

The hosts were in control for large periods, during overtime. Cardiff’s Trevor Cox had the chance to win it for the hosts, but his attempt hit the crossbar and it was to prove costly, as Brady Norrish got a slight deflection on John Curran’s pass to seal the win for Coventry.



Over in Gymnastics, Wales’ women’s Artistic Gymnasts impressed up against the best in Britain on the first day of the Welsh Open Artistic Championships in Cardiff.

Poppy Grace-Stickler won bronze in the Senior Open all-around competition, scoring 51.700 across the four pieces. While Ruby Evans, who was competing in her first senior event secured fourth place in the all-around competition.

Elsewhere in the Welsh Senior Closed Competition, Grace-Stickler won gold in the all-around competition, with Ruby Evans and Mali Morgan finishing on the podium.

Joe Cemlyn-Jones continued the Welsh success in Cardiff, winning silver in the men’s Senior Open all-around event. The City of Birmingham Gymnast then won gold in the Senior Closed all-around event, ahead of Theo-Amari Ochana and Henry Lewis.

While Alexander Niscoveanu won both the Open and Closed all-around events at under-18s level.


In the world of squash Joel Makin made a winning start to the to the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic, defeating Frenchman Auguste Dussourd 2-0 in 35 minutes.

The Welshman picked up the first game 11-3 in commanding style, before holding Dussourd off in a tough second game to win 11-8.